While the Great Wall of China may win the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Vietnam, built to reach any itchy corner across the vast, narrow expanse of the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Vietnamese creations with today's Groupon. For $30, you get for $60 worth of fresh, healthy fare and drinks from Phans55 Vietnamese Bistro & Bar. Exchange your hunger for satisfaction at either the Irvine or Fullerton location. Reservations are required, and remember to present your Groupon to your server upon seating.
Make lunch or dinner into a fun foodmersible with submarine-shaped appetizer rolls such as the seared ahi tuna variation with mango, mint, avocado, and wasabi-ginger soy sauce ($7), or yam-tempura-coated fish sticks ($7). Meat goes best with meat, which explains why bold dishes like the rau ram salad with chicken, cabbage, green mango, and apple ($11) and the braised anise shortrib ($22) stand out so well. Quietly confident plates such as the tofu with eggplant, mushrooms, and Thai basil ($12) or the lemongrass jalapeno wok (tofu, $13) are equally delicious, but are more susceptible to noogies.
Phan's meatocopia spills over with tasty, super-premium gilded Naturewell beef, platinum-infused Sanderson Farms poultry, and diamond-encrusted White Marble Farms pork. Dashed, tossed, sautéed, and simmered with the freshest, most local and seasonal herbs and vegetables, these meats cause Phan's dishes to explode with flavor, maiming an average of three taste buds a night with overwhelming wallop. As there are also plenty of vegetarian options, tongues of all preference are invited to the appetizing annihilation.
Phan's strives to make a minimal impact on the environment, generating as little waste as possible by serving delectable eats that are devoured down to the last rice grain. Bites are made even more irresistible by the alluring effects of craft beers, specialty cocktails, and wines that politely pair with each menu section.
- The menu combines traditional Vietnamese – which is, in itself, a fusion cuisine that integrates Asian with French influences – with more modern fare...With its emphasis on premium, sustainable ingredients and inventive presentations, Phans55 is highly recommended to Vietnamese cuisine lovers and newbies alike. – Susan Belknapp, O.C. Menus
- A modern Vietnamese place with a touch of pizazz. – Angela T., Yelp